Monday, August 26, 2013

Mudejar Architecture of Aragon - Spain

Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon is an aesthetic trend in the Mudéjar style, which is centered in the spanish community of Aragon. 
The development in the 12th century of Mudejar art in Aragon resulted from the particular political, social and cultural conditions that prevailed in Spain after the Reconquista. This art, influenced by Islamic tradition, also reflects various contemporary European styles, particularly the Gothic. Present until the early 17th century, it is characterized by an extremely refined and inventive use of brick and glazed tiles in architecture, especially in the belfries. - in

In 1986, Unesco declared the whole Mudejar complex of Teruel a World Heritage Site, which was extended in 2001 to include other Aragonese Mudejar monuments. Two of those monuments, shown on these cards sent by Manuela, are the Cathedral of the Savior and the Aljafería Palace, both in Zaragoza. 
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The Cathedral of the Savior (Spanish: Catedral del Salvador), commonly known as La Seo,  is a Roman Catholic temple located on the Plaza de la Seo in Zaragoza. 
Dating from the 12th century, extensive renovations to the Cathedral has resulted in a mixture of architectural styles. Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Mudéjar are all present in the structure. 

Fotografía: Andrés Ferrer
The Aljafería Palace is a fortified medieval Islamic palace built during the second half of the 11th century in the Moorish taifa of Zaragoza of Al-Andalus, present day Zaragoza, Spain. The palace reflects the splendor attained by the kingdom of the taifa of Zaragoza at the height of its grandeur. The palace currently contains the Cortes (regional parliament) of the autonomous community of Aragon.
The structure holds unique importance in that it is the only conserved testimony of a large building of Spanish Islamic architecture of the era of the Taifas (independent kingdoms). - in: wikipedia

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